Donald Cerrone’s Fighting Style Should Prevent Him From Beating Robbie Lawler

Even though many MMA fans and media expect Donald Cerrone versus Robbie Lawler to be a competitive fight, that shouldn’t be the case. Throughout his UFC career, Donald Cerrone has shown a tendency to constantly try to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. This trend has helped Cerrone win the majority of his UFC fights because his opponents didn’t have the stamina to cut angles in the process of moving backward to avoid any strikes from landing. Due to this, some adversaries are forced to give into his pressure because they would attempt to cut angles and experience early fatigue from a lack of stamina which would put them in a position to have to exchange with him. On the other hand, some opponents came to the conclusion that they were better off trading punches with him because they were aware of the fact that they didn’t have the stamina to cut angles. As a result of this, Cerrone would have ample opportunities to get within his striking range and inflict damage on his opponents. During these occasions, he would mainly throw a right leg kick followed up by a left kick to the body or a left jab with an occasional left head kick mixed in.

Although this strategy has given Cerrone so much success, there are a few flaws within this strategy that can be easily exploited by Robbie Lawler. For instance, when he would try to walk down his opponents Cerrone would always carry his hands at chest height. As a result, he would leave his head and body wide open to be countered. Due to this, Robbie will have the opportunity to land the straight left and the left or right body kick without much resistance from Cerrone. This is because he believes his chin is firm enough to withstand the counters from the opponents; While he applies constant pressure in hopes of getting the opponents to waste a substantial amount of energy trying to create distance between the two that he is going to wear down eventually. Unfortunately, Cerrone’s mentality will lead to an early demise against Lawler.

Yoel Romero Is A Horrible Stylistic Match Up For Robert Whittaker

Earlier this week, The UFC announced that Yoel Romero is going to face Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight title at UFC 213. This announcement generated a substantial amount of buzz among hardcore fans as well as the media because the fight is believed to be a close contest. However one can argue that Romero is a horrible stylistic matchup for Whittaker; thus it won’t be close. This is because, throughout his UFC career, Robert Whittaker has shown a tendency to regularly throw or faint the left jab in an attempt to get the opponent to block the punch. If the opponent decides to stand still and prevents the combination, it gives him a small window of opportunity to close the distance and land power punches. During the small window, he will repeatedly throw an overhand or straight left/right with intentions of knocking out or severely hurting the opposition. However, this strategy can put him in real danger because Whittaker has a habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches.  As a result, he ends up being off balance after throwing the punch, which leaves him vulnerable to a takedown or a counter.

Therefore, Robert Whittaker’s fighting style should cost him the fight against Yoel Romero. This is because Romero can exploit Robert’s habit of twisting his body or leaning to the side while throwing power punches in several different ways. For example, if Romero senses that Whittaker is about to throw a power punch, he can slide out of striking range or duck under the punch to avoid getting hit. As a result, Whittaker should be off balance, which gives Romero a chance to shoot for a takedown. On the other hand, Romero can circle out to the right when Whittaker is about to throw a punch and counter with a straight left.